Hi, my name is Simon. My local patch is Mote Park, one of Kent’s largest parks and right on the edge of Maidstone, the county town of Kent. It is a former country estate, and records of the Park date back since before the 14th century. The park has a variety of habitats and this blog will note all the wildlife that I encounter in them.
A lovely sunny morning today during my walk, however there was a slight chill in the air signalling that autumn is all-but-here.
A Goldcrest and 2 Coal Tits were found in the Yews along Laurel Walk, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and 3 Green Woodpeckers were noted, 9 Chiff Chaffs were found amongst mixed feeding flocks, a Bullfinch called from the small copse next to the Old Bothy, 2 Pheasants were heard, a flock of Goldfinch frequented the area of scrub opposite the Inlet, 6 Jays were seen, groups of 2 and 11 Herring Gulls flew west, 3 Sand Martins and incalculable numbers of House Martin hunted insects over the rough grassland, playing fields, and the Lake, whilst watching a Spotted Flycatcher feeding in an Oak in front of Mote House, 2 Little Owls made several calls to each other from ‘their’ Oak, and as I passed Mote House a lone CROSSBILL was seen, and heard, flying west in the direction of Maidstone Town Centre.
On the Lake were 2 Mute Swans, 9 Great Crested Grebes, and the countless Mallards, Moorhens, and Coots. At least 20 Black-headed Gulls were flocked on the Lake, a Kingfisher fished by the Inlet, and a Cormorant sat on one of the Lakes islands.
Also noted were several Speckled Woods, 2 Small Whites, a female Common Darter was seen along the River Len, and I was surprised to see a Grey Squirrel running across the playing fields.